To mark the World Digestive Health Day, a seminar was organized by the department of Hepatogastroenterology of SIUT in collaboration with World Gastroentrology Organization (WGO). The theme of the year was is "GUT MICROBES - Importance in Health & Disease". The day is organized all over the world every year on May 29th. The day focuses upon a particular digestive disorder and create general public awareness of prevention and therapy.
Addressing the seminar, Dr. Zaigham Abbas welcomed the participants and stressed on the need of awareness about the ailments caused by digestive disorder. He said we need to bring latest knowledge to practicing gastroenterologists in providing relief to the patients.
Dr Osama Butt highlighted that there are approximately 100,000 billion bacteria residing in the human gut which is far much greater than even the total number of cell in the human body. Most of these bacteria are friendly for the human
body and help in maintaining normal body functions.
Dr Rajesh Kumar talked on the role of microbes in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It may occur after an infection and can severely affect a person’s quality of life.
Dr Farina Hanif highlighted that harmful microbes enter the blood system and causes liver injury and can even cause liver cancer.
Dr Manzoor emphasized that gas and bloating may affect as much as 30% of general population. He advised that minor dietary and lifestyle modification may help to combat the disease effectively.
Dr Mudassir Laeeq also talked on the concept of fecal transplant, which is a new emerging technique for reducing the duration of antibiotics in certain diseases.
The lecture was followed by a comprehensive session of questions and answers which was conducted by Dr. Mujahid Hassan.